GROSS INJUSTICE: All 9 members of the state supreme court violated the rules. And a King County judge proved that in court. Email those 9 and ask them why.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

GROSS INJUSTICE: All 9 members of the state supreme court violated the rules. And a King County judge proved that in court.

Notice I’m calling them “members” and not “justices.”

And that’s because none of them deserve the title “justice.”

THE RULES

Whenever a law is passed — whether by the Legislature or by the people through initiative — and it’s challenged in court, the rules demand the judicial branch bend-over-backwards to uphold it.

When interpreting a law, the judiciary must follow the rules of statutory construction. Those rules mandate that if that law — or any provision of that law — can be interpreted or “read” multiple ways, the court must pick the interpretation that upholds it.

King County Superior Court Judge Marshall Ferguson proved in court that all 9 members of the state supreme court violated those rules.

THE SINGLE SUBJECT OF I-976, THE $30 TABS INITIATIVE

For I-976, the bill title read: AN ACT Relating to limiting state and local taxes, fees, and other charges relating to vehicles.

King County judge Marshall Ferguson followed the rules of statutory construction and ruled that ALL provisions in I-976 related to the bill title. That each of the policies in it worked together to achieve the policy of limiting charges relating to vehicles.

Over the years, Sound Transit has sold bonds and some of those bonds were secured by car tab taxes. So to eliminate those car tab taxes, the bonds must go away first.

So I-976 added a new section to the Revised Code of Washington — section 12 — to require the early retirement of any bonds backed with car tab taxes.

King County Judge Marshall Ferguson explained why Section 12 was included and necessary and upheld I-976 on single subject:

“Section 12 is germane to the general subject of motor vehicle fees and taxes because it is intended to ensure that one type of repealed motor vehicle tax, the special (car tab tax) levied and collected by Sound Transit, is no longer collected. … Section 12 is necessary to achieve the repeal of the special (car tab tax by Sound Transit)… as such, Section 12’s impact upon existing bonds is directly related to facilitating the tax repeals and reductions. … as such, I-976 does not violate the single-subject rule of the Washington Constitution.” (pages 13-17 & 23, https://tinyurl.com/976CourtRuling)

Judge Ferguson followed the rules of statutory construction and upheld the initiative.

And by doing so, he proved in court that all 9 members of the state supreme court violated those rules. Because all 9 of them signed on to a decision that read:

“Section 12, which requires Sound Transit to retire, defease, or refinance bonds, is not germane to limiting vehicle taxes and fees … section 12 is an unconstitutional second subject.” (page 16)

That makes absolutely no sense.

Of course Section 12 is germane to limiting taxes and fees: retiring the bonds is a necessary precursor for the car tab taxes to be repealed.

Every member of the state supreme court violated the rules and King County Judge Marshall Ferguson proved that in court.

Email all 9 judges directly — it’s easy — so do it RIGHT NOW:

In the “To:” line of your email to them, COPY AND PASTE this: 

supreme@courts.wa.govdebra.stephens@courts.wa.govdebra@debrastephenslaw.comjudy.vandervort@courts.wa.govcharles.johnson@courts.wa.govcharlesjohnson2020@comcast.netBarbara.madsen@courts.wa.govjusticebarbaramadsen@gmail.comsusan.owens@courts.wa.govsowens@olypen.comsteven.gonzalez@courts.wa.govphil@seattlecfo.comsheryl.mccloud@courts.wa.govjusticesherylmccloud@gmail.comlynda.zeis@courts.wa.govraquel.montoyalewis@courts.wa.govinfo@justicemontoyalewis.comhelen.whitener@courts.wa.govkeepwhitenerforjustice@gmail.commary.yu@courts.wa.govmary@justicemaryyu.comtim.eyman@gmail.com;

In the Subject line, COPY AND PASTE this:

I demand that each of you answer my question

In the body of the email, COPY AND PASTE this (or write something yourself): 

Taxpayers are paying each of you a salary of $220,320 this year. For that much, I deserve a response from all 9 of you individually.

All 9 of you violated the rules.

King County Superior Court Judge Marshall Ferguson followed the rules of statutory construction and upheld I-976 on single subject. From his ruling:

“Section 12 is germane to the general subject of motor vehicle fees and taxes because it is intended to ensure that one type of repealed motor vehicle tax, the special (car tab tax) levied and collected by Sound Transit, is no longer collected. … Section 12 is necessary to achieve the repeal of the special (car tab tax by Sound Transit)… as such, Section 12’s impact upon existing bonds is directly related to facilitating the tax repeals and reductions. (pages 13-17 & 23, https://tinyurl.com/976CourtRuling)

Nonetheless, all 9 of you signed on to a decision that read:

“Section 12, which requires Sound Transit to retire, defease, or refinance bonds, is not germane to limiting vehicle taxes and fees … section 12 is an unconstitutional second subject.” (page 16)

That makes absolutely no sense.

Of course Section 12 is germane to limiting taxes and fees: the car tab taxes can’t be repealed until the bonds are retired (Judge Ferguson: Section 12’s impact upon existing bonds is directly related to facilitating the tax repeals and reductions).

All 9 of you violated the rules and King County Judge Marshall Ferguson proved that in court.

For $220K, I deserve an answer from each of you.

Why did you violate the rules?

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SEND THEM YOUR EMAIL RIGHT AWAY. 

Because of this GROSS INJUSTICE, I haven’t renewed my car tabs since October 2019.

I’ve driven the roads and highways of Washington with expired tabs for 19 months — I’ve been pulled over twice and didn’t get a ticket either time because I explained to the officer that I was engaging in a peaceful political protest.

I won’t renew until the voters get the $30 Tabs they’ve repeatedly voted for and deserve. I urge you to do the same.

It’s not over — the fight for $30 Tabs continues.

Is it any wonder Ferguson wants a lifetime ban on all my future political activity?

I’m 100% committed to appealing these ridiculously unconstitutional restrictions on the First Amendment — it’s a legal and political precedent that can’t be allowed to stand.

But I need your help to do it

Please donate to my legal defense fund here:

By: Paypal
By: Debit Card or Credit Card
Or mail a check: Tim Eyman Legal Defense Fund, 500 106th Ave NE #709, Bellevue, WA, 98004

In addition, we worked really hard on our $30 Tabs Initiative:

Karen and I sacrificed a lot — we sold off our retirement fund to kickstart its signature drive: 

And now, a message from Sid Maietto and Larry Jensen: 

We’re asking folks to donate to our PAC so Tim can get paid back. And your donations will also help stop Inslee’s Income Tax and Carbon Tax Schemes with the initiatives we’re co-sponsoring with Tim.

The taxpayers of Washington need our help now more than ever. Donate to our political committee so we can keep fighting for you:

By: Paypal
By: Debit Card or Credit Card

Or mail a check — made payable to “Permanent Offense” — to: Permanent Offense, PO Box 6151, Olympia, WA, 98507.

Kindest Regards, 

Sid Maietto & Larry Jensen

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Thanks everyone.

I love you all.

Tim